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Flood, Earthquake, Tsunami, Oh my!

A father and mother hug the body of their two-year-old son in Samoa. Picture: Renee Nowytarger

A father and mother hug the body of their two-year-old son in Samoa. Picture: Renee Nowytarger

 Twin quakes rock Indonesian island of Sumatra

Twin quakes rock Indonesian island of Sumatra

The recent natural disasters have not gone unnoticed by this blogger and it is not any lack of compassion on my part that has discouraged me mentioning them on this page.

I hope for the best for all of those caught up in such disasters, so dear readers if you can spare some cash send it and if you are in a position to actually help well I dips me lid to ya.

Cheers Comrades


  1. Craigy says:

    I feel a very strong sadness for the thousands of people affected by these terrible events.

    Following on from our own recent disaster in Victoria, we have been very well looked after by the kind outpouring of support and assistance from so many generous and caring Australians.

    I can’t imagine how people in these countries are coping, considering they were much poorer than us to start with.

    The loss of so many family, friends and neighbours is something you never get over, but living in a wealthy country, with such an ability to be generous is something that I will always be grateful for, and is probably why I can function day to day after the trauma and great sadness.

    I call on all who read this and can afford to give to do so. The people in these effected areas need our help more than you could possibly imagine.

  2. Len says:

    Hello boys and girls.
    Am back, and glad to be so. Gave the “hugs and kisses”, big hugs and kisses, as well as the kids, and looked outside, thanking god we live here, and not there.

    The main strip at Apia, had only superficial damage, so it was opened very quickly. Elsewhere is a different story. The southern and eastern regions of the place are an absolute disaster. Ironically enough, the capital, Apia, on the north coast of Upolu is relatively unscathed. They got the earthquake, but not the full brunt of the tsunami thank goodness. We managed to get in there, and get fuel thankfully, and it was wonderful to watch, as aircraft from all over the place, were coming in with aid, supplies, fuel and personnel, with eventually, quite literally with no place to put them. Gave us at least, a warm feeling, that perhaps this isn’t such a bad planet to live on after all ?

    The majority of the damage, is on the southern, and eastern coasts of the island. The villages, that dot that portion of the island, are quite literally gone, and I mean GONE. So any figure you hear about deaths, is purely conjecture at this stage. Hell, they may never know the exact figure. They are apparently just rounding up survivors, and getting figures that way, trying relentlessly to cross names of a bloody ginormous list. The last sensus that anyone knows about, was about 2001, and the population figure was about 130k, so now, who knows. It may take weeks or even months before a figure is ascertained.
    I honestly believe, that a correct figure will ever be known.
    From what I saw, there were quite literally bodies tangled thirty some feet in palm trees. These were people, madly running to the hills to escape the waves, and didn’t make it. Never seen anything like it.

    Anyway, the planes are back, cleaned, and refueled ready to go again. Probably won’t have to go, as we didn’t do all that much.

    Many questions are about to be asked, now is not the time, but come the following weeks, they will be. The you beaut early warning system, was a god dammed disaster. So that will be the first one to be asked, I suppose.

    Cheers all, going to give everyone another hug and a kiss, and praise the bloke upstairs for my good luck.
    Perhaps not a bad idea for us all, not to do the same ?

    BTW Iain, sent you an email from the plane. Did you get it ? Interested to know, as never tried that through the satellite before.

  3. Iain Hall says:

    Hi Len
    thanks very much for your first hand report about the situation in Samoa, It always seems so much more real (and horrific) when you hear the news form someone that you know.
    I got the email sent on Friday from new Zealand but nothing since then.
    Cheers and Respect

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